2017 ICPA Convention

April 8, 2017 • IUPUI • University Tower

911 W North Street • Indianapolis



Check in, enjoy some pastries and coffee, and browse the publication exchange table.

10-10:50 a.m. SESSIONS

Developing an Investigative Mindset Gerry Lanosga, assistant professor of journalism, Indiana University Bloomington

Investigative reporters have been called “the elite special forces” of journalism, and their work has never been more important. Veteran investigative journalist and educator Gerry Lanosga leads this session dedicated to exploring how to use an investigative mindset to develop stories that matter.

Pulling Off Design Solutions Used by Big Publications Phil Mahoney, project manager, Gannett Digital Solutions

Ever have main art fall through on deadline? Have a centerpiece story with little or no art? Want to make a big event or story look special without spending a day doing prototypes? Want to keep things simple and clean and still have impact? If you have ever run into these situations, then this session is for you. Bring a copy of your publication for a quick critique.

Advertising Roundtable

Yearbook Roundtable

11-11:50 a.m. SESSIONS

Being a Real Reporter in a Fake News Era Daniel Victor, New York Times

Practicing journalism in the era of “fake news” and “alternative facts” is not for the faint of heart. In this session, we’ll talk to a veteran journalist about the challenges – and the opportunities – we face as we do our jobs in what might feel like a hostile work environment.

The Long and Short of Feature Writing Megan Fernandez, director of editorial operations, Indianapolis Monthly magazine

This Indianapolis Monthly veteran will walk you through her process for reporting and writing the longest and shortest profiles. “When Will Kristine Bunch Be Free?” chronicled the exoneration of a woman who spent 16 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing her young son by arson, and the story required a deep dive into court records, arson science, a prison tour, interviewing ancillary characters, and legal considerations and became the longest feature the magazine has ever run. “Sasheer Zamata: Hired!” was a fast-turnaround, two-page story on a new Saturday Night Live cast member, from Indiana. This session will cover how that story was executed without an interview with the subject (a write-around), how to compile enough information to construct an annotated resume, and why the brief format works.

Hire Me  Holly Hays, Indianapolis Star; Kara Berg, Ball State University; Ruth Witmer, Indiana University

Applying for internships and jobs can be an intimidating, soul crushing process. It doesn’t have to be. What do employers want to see and hear from you? Join us for a discussion and tips. Bring your questions.

Literary Magazine Roundtable


Join college media colleagues from around the state for our annual conference and awards luncheon to recognize and celebrate the great work of college journalists around the state. 



Registration deadline: April 1

Convention Registration